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Field Trips

Each month between September and June, Audubon Miami Valley sponsors a field trip to a regional site of special interest. All are welcome on AMV field trips. More information is available here or send an email to Eric Hollins, AMV field trip coordinator, at ehollins@amvohio.org

Hueston Woods State Park – Saturday, February 22, 2020
We will visit several of the popular birding areas at AMV’s “home park”. Early spring migrants will be arriving in addition to populations of overwintering birds. Park Naturalist Kathryn Zeppernick will host our visit. The trip will meet at the Hueston Woods Nature Center at 10:00 am. Pack a picnic lunch or snacks if desired. We will plan to enjoy lunch inside the Nature Center, where we can observe birds visiting the feeders just outside. Hueston Woods is recognized by Audubon as an Important Bird Area and includes the 200 acre “Big Woods”, a designated National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. AMV adopted the HW IBA as a stewardship project in 2012 and has conducted habitat restoration events every spring and fall since then.

The Oxbow – Saturday, March 21, 2020
This area of migratory shorebird and waterfowl habitat is preserved and protected by The Oxbow, Inc. Local area expert and birder/naturalist Gary Stegner will host our visit and guide us to the best locations, which vary seasonally with changing water levels. The trip will meet at the TJ Maxx parking lot at 8:00 am for the 1-hour drive to the preserve. If traveling directly to the site, search for “Oxbow Nature Conservancy” on Google maps, or contact Eric Hollins, AMV field trip coordinator, at ehollins@amvohio.org. Pack a picnic lunch or snacks if desired. In the spring and fall thousands of ducks, geese, and shorebirds funnel into this rich stopover area to refuel and rebuild their energies. Since 1985, Oxbow, Inc. has led the effort to acquire over 1,600 acres of wetland through ownership or conservation easements to protect this resource.

The Highlands Nature Sanctuary – Saturday, April 25, 2020
This is a 2,600-acre nature preserve owned and managed by the non-profit Arc of Appalachia. It features 15 trails providing access to the scenic geology, well preserved forests and exceptional spring wildflowers of the region. The trip will meet at the TJ Maxx parking lot at 7:30 am for the 2-hour drive to the sanctuary. Pack a picnic lunch or snacks if desired. We will plan to enjoy lunch inside the Nature Center. If traveling directly to the site, the destination address is 7660 Cave Rd., Bainbridge OH 45612. Information about Arc of Appalachia and the Sanctuary is available here. Beginning in 1995, the Arc has acquired over 1,600 acres of forest habitats and currently stewards twenty preserve regions.

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